Cruises in New Zealand combine cosmopolitan cities with lush jungles, snow-capped mountains and fjords, plus white-sand beaches and coral reefs.
It’s no surprise that explorers, artists, writers and visitors have been coming here to cruise the South Pacific since at least the 18th century, when Captain Cook and his colleagues first arrived.
New Zealand is comprised of the South Island and North Island. The country boasts an abundance of natural attractions and recreational opportunities hard to rival.
Only in Auckland, for example, can cruise passengers board an America’s Cup yacht to sail past the America’s Cup Village, with its super yachts.
Cruise passengers also can retrace the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, visiting some of the best-known sites from the film, or cruise beautiful Milford & Dusky Sounds.
Though there are nuances among itineraries, most New Zealand cruises run 12 days or longer, and nearly all include a mix of cruising Australia’s east coast and Tasmania (the Australian island state) with New Zealand’s North Island and South Island. Some extended itineraries, often more than 30 days in length, also feature Asia.
Remember, with seasons reversed in the Northern and Southern hemispheres, the major cruise lines typically operate “Down Under” from November through March.
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